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Like her books, Margie Palatini's presentations are extremely popular. Her programs are fun, interactive, focus on creativity, and feature the "stories behind the stories." Her goal is to inspire creativity in the language, visual and dramatic arts and she achieves this consistently. Schools love her. Since she doesn't like to travel very often outside of the New York, New Jersy, Connecticut area, Skype or iChats are ideal for her.



Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first, depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have. If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of her books.

If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know before setting up the program and please provide a general idea of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least a week before the chat so she can prepare.


She'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to her in a timely manner so she can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.



$250 * for 1 one-hour long chat

$500 * for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

Please visit Margie Palatini to see her bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the page for a list of her books, information on her presentations when she comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information for getting her books from a variety of sources.

Grade levels: K-7

Residence: NJ


The author chat today was a tremendous success! Margie is delightful! The kids really prepared well with good questions and they were completely engaged throughout the hour. I just sent Margie an email to thank her and told her that what these kids learned about writing today couldn't be captured in a curriculum guide or a lesson plan and that this is the real stuff of writing and reading in the world. Kudos for your company providing this valuable service. It is so important for children to go beyond the borders of their own little worlds to learn about how writers work in the world. This was too cool!

Becky McCraw, Literary Couch

Goucher Elementary School

604 Goucher School Road

Gaffney SC 29340